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Origin and Meaning of Becket

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Beck"et
  1. [Naut] A small grommet, or a ring or loop of rope or metal for holding things in position, as spars, ropes, etc.; also a bracket, a pocket, or a handle made of rope.
  2. A spade for digging turf.(Prov. Eng)

Etymology: Cf. D. bek beak, and E. beak

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (nautical) a short line with an eye at one end and a knot at the other; used to secure loose items on a ship
  2. (Roman Catholic Church) archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170; murdered following his opposition to Henry II's attempts to control the clergy (1118-1170)

Compare Dutch bek (“beak”) beak, and English beak.

  1. (nautical) A short piece of rope spliced to form a circle
  2. (nautical) A loop of rope with a knot at one end to catch in an eye at the other end. Used to secure oars etc. at their place.
  3. (sewing) A loop of thread, typically braided, attached at each end to a jacket. Used to pass through the brooch bar of medals to affix them to the jacket without damaging it.
  4. (nautical) The clevis of a pulley block.
  5. An eye in the end of a rope.
  6. A method of joining fabric, for example the doors of a tent, by interlacing loops of cord (beckets) through eyelet holes and adjacent loops.
  7. (Britain, dialect) A spade for digging turf.

Notable Persons Named Becket

Becket was born in 1917. He breathed his last breath in 1992.


Becket is a sports team member for the Altona Magic SC.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Becket

Thomas Becket was a christian bishop. He breathed his last breath on December 29th, 1170.


Marta was born on August 9th, 1924.


Welton Becket was an architect. Welton was born on August 8th, 1902 in United States. He left this life on January 16th, 1969.


Mel Becket was a football player. Mel was born on January 1st, 1929 in Chicago. He passed away on December 9th, 1956.


William was born in 1684. He breathed his last breath in 1738.


Isaac was born in 1653. He died in 1719.


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Popularity of Becket as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Becket U.S.
  White 86.94% 64.26%
  African American 6.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Becket

People with the last name Becket are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Becket

  • How Popular is the name Becket? Becket is the 20,044th most popular name of all time. As a last name Becket was the 78,040th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Becket have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 351 babies born with the first name Becket in the United States. That's more than enough people named Becket to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Becket? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1969 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Becket first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Becket is Sunday, July 15th, 1928.
  • What year had the most people named Becket born? The highest recorded use of the first name Becket was in 2016 with a total of 41 babies.
  • Random Becket Factoid: According to the 2013 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Becket is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2013.
  • Weird things about the name Becket: Your name in reverse order is Tekceb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bektec. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Becket? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 245 people with the last name Becket.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Becket? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Becket as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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